National Sibling Day

Hello everyone! Today marks National Siblings Day– a day to recognize, celebrate, and acknowledge siblings, if you have them, of course. I have two older brothers and two younger sisters. Growing up, we were very close. I recall racing our remote controlled cars, playing with our G.I. Joe’s, beating them (sometimes) at ‘Contra’ on Nintendo, and riding our bikes all over the city. With my sisters, I can remember playing with Barbie dolls, hide and seek, jump rope, letting them do my hair, being their protector, and much more. In my neighborhood, we were dubbed the Bailey boys and girls. It was such a joyous time for me. To this day, when I think back on those times, I smile and take a moment to reflect. Each of us have separate lives now, but still remain close to one another as siblings should. To my brothers and sisters, although I may not say it as much as I should, I want you to know that I love you very much and I’m proud of each one of you. I pray for your health, happiness, security, and well-being everyday. I stand proud to be a Bailey and I’m even prouder to be your brother. I love you Lil’ William, Bobby, Brittany, and April. -Jeffrey

Autism Awareness/National Child Abuse Prevention Month

A number of observances are taking place this month and while each observance deserves standalone recognition, I’d like to especially observe two very important ones -Autism Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Awareness- each of which greatly affect our youth.

According to Autism Society, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability, defined by a certain set of behaviors that affect individuals differently and to varying degrees. Currently, there isn’t a single known cause of autism. However, increased awareness and early identification can lead to improved outcomes for individuals suffering
with the disorder. Some of the signs include:

  • lack of or delay in spoken language
  • repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms
  • little or no eye contact
  • lack of interest in peer relationships
  • lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • persistent fixation on parts of objects

Child Abuse, including neglect, happens on a daily basis and in all walks of life. Many children suffer from abuse and neglect by loved ones, friends, and even strangers. Two ways in which we can help curb this problem are:

  • provide positive parenting- making it comfortable for your children to communicate with you
  • ask questions

It is imperative that we educate ourselves on issues that greatly affect our children. Read all you need to know on Autism and Child Abuse Prevention at http://www.autism-society.org and https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/
Report child abuse and neglect where is it appropriate, while being mindful of the circumstances to parent and child. Remember, the child’s well-being should ALWAYS come first. SPREAD THE WORD!